What is it like to have Freedom in Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. In Christ, I am accepted In Christ, I am secure In Christ, I am significant Steps to Freedom in Christ Step One Counterfeit versus the Real Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. ESV Step Two Deception versus Truth Psalm 139:23–24 (NLT) — 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Step Three Bitterness versus Forgiveness Ephesians 4:31–32 (ESV) — 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Step 4Rebellion Versus Submission We live in rebellious times Rights movements Sit in movements Unions against Corporation Children against parents Rebellion over those in authority Submit to governing authorities Pray for those in authority over us. 1 Timothy 2:1–2 (ESV) — 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Submit to governing authorities Romans 13:1–7 (ESV) — 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Rebelling against God and His authorities leaves us spiritually vulnerable. Is there ever a time when we can rebel without sin? Is there a difference between rebellion and disobedience? Disobey when it requires you to do something morally wrong Disobey when attempting to rule outside the realm of their authority Examples today of living outside their authority Law requiring people to live in violation to God’s Word God has set up specific lines of authority to protect us and give order in society. Without governing authorities every society would be chaos. Ways that we rebel and need to confess our sin Civil government Parents, stepparents, legal guardians Teachers, coaches, school officials Employers, past and present Husbands or wife Church Leaders God Story of King Saul Rebellion will destroy us. Are you rebellious against God? Are you rebellious against God’s authorities? Are you submissive to God’s direction and leadership? Ultimate submission is to Jesus Christ, the king of Kings and Lord of lords.